In collaboration with BAMcinématek, the programmer C. Mason Wells — currently the brain behind the IFC Center’s 35mm-exclusive “Celluloid Dreams” series — has constructed “The Vertigo Effect,” a two-week program of movies that wear the traces of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1958 work. “[If] critics have largely been slow to come to Vertigo‘s greatness,” writes Wells in an insightful post on BAM’s blog, “filmmakers were quick to see its many virtues.” The selection of titles, ranging from possible studio-era antecedents (1944’s Laura) to Chris Marker’s 1962 La Jetée to Christian Petzold’s soon-to-be- released Phoenix, serves as proof of the decades-long spell Vertigo has cast over the cinema. One of tonight’s attractions — Bette Gordon’s 1983 feminist noir Variety — not only references Hitchcock’s work, but also upsets its male-centric gaze.
April 21-30, 7 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 29, 2015